AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel 2 Elul, 5774
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The full development of all the faculties is based on the tzelem – the essence of the soul.
The reason for this is that the full development has to come from the very source of the wisdom, not from the wisdom/chochmah per se, no matter how profound it is.
This is like seeing the face of the one who is teaching. This way you get the clarity of the material/sechel itself, in contrast to how you see it.
Note well: when God made the first man, he blew life into his nostrils. And he was called a 'living soul'. And in contrast to other living beings he has daas/דעת. What is the basis of the difference? He sees the world beyond 'how it affects him'. He doesn't find out 'by experience'. His mind defines it.
You get to the principle truth by your own principle truth. This is the tzelem.
Torah defines the world. The world doesn't define Torah. And the way Torah rules is the way the world is...
This is because it comes from the essence of Godliness.
Real sechel/mind is that which is beyond proof. It is what originates in the soul. And to get that one needs to relate to the Living Source...
In spite of the water cycle, rain is a life giving element that God sends to provide life for the earth.
The more you think about the world the more you see the Godly presence everywhere. He conceals himself, but He is everywhere.
If one says, 'there's nothing for me but Torah, then he won't even have Torah'. Why not? Because without prayer he forgets God while he is engaged in Torah. He starts taking Torah with his mind, rather than from 'The Living Source'. And thus he won't get whats focused on the principle.
The learning is after tephilah/prayer. Prayer means connecting. The human being's connection to the world is different from that of any other creature. The prayer is the focus on the knowledge of the world from the daas perspective, not from the experience perspective.